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Furman Maintains Firm Hold On Pinson Cup With 6-1 Win Over Wofford

Ansley Speaks
Ansley Speaks

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman maintained a firm hold on the Pinson Cup Wednesday with a 6-1 win over Wofford at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, S.C.

Bobby and Dixie Pinson, beloved friends of both the Furman and Wofford programs, have given the trophy and a generous donation in honor of the rivalry between the two schools.  The trophy stays with the winning school until the winner of the next season's match is determined, and the Paladins have been awarded the trophy each year since its inception in 2005.  Pinson are the grandparents of current Paladin sophomore Harper Caswell.

"Every one of our girls fought really hard today and I am proud of their progress," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen, who is in his first year at the helm of the Paladin program.  "It's exciting to see how far we have come and how much room we have to improve before the end of the year.  I believe our best tennis is still in front of us."

Furman swept the doubles matches to claim the opening point.  Junior Ansley Speaks and rookie Katarina Weymouth topped Cassidy Hicks and Kalli Karsi, 7-6(8-6), and junior Blair Martin and freshman Gabby Rodriguez teamed up for a 6-2 advantage over Lauren Reid and Samantha Russell.  At flight three, Caswell and junior Karlee Bryde defeated Taylor Carlson and Catherine Martin, 6-2.

In singles play, the Paladins scored victories in five matches.  Speaks downed Martin, 6-3, 6-1, in the top-seeded match-up, and Weymouth posted a 6-1, 6-2 win versus Hicks at flight two.  In the number three match, Martin defeated Karas, 7-5, 6-4, and Bryde beat Reid, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(10-3) at flight four.  At flight six, Caswell recorded a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Carlson.

The Terriers lone point came at flight five, where Russell beat Rodriguez, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-2).

The Paladins (9-8, 2-0 SoCon) play at UNCG April 2 at noon.

Furman 6, Wofford 1
Mar 30, 2016 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Catherine Martin (WOF) 6-3, 6-1

2. Katarina Weymouth (FUR) def. Cassidy Hicks (WOF) 6-1, 6-2

3. Blair Martin (FUR) def. Kalli Karas (WOF) 7-5, 6-4

4. Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Lauren Reid (WOF) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-3)

5. Samantha Russell (WOF) def. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-2)

6. Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Taylor Carlson (WOF) 6-2, 6-2


Doubles competition

1. Katarina Weymouth/Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Cassidy Hicks/Kalli Karas (WOF) 7-6 (8-6)

2. Blair Martin/Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) def. Lauren Reid/Samantha Russell (WOF) 6-2

3. Harper Caswell/Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Taylor Carlson/Catherine Martin (WOF) 6-2


Match Notes

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,2,6,4,3,5)